Interpretable, dynamic visualizations to investigate research questions and to foster student learning outcomes.

James Lee, PhD

My research and teaching focus on Renaissance literature and culture (including Shakespeare and Milton) and the digital humanities. I also serve as the co-director of the Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship Center, hosted in the UC Libraries. My first book, under contract with Northwestern University Press, is entitled “The Two-Soul’d Animal”: The Poetics of Faculty Psychology in Early Modern England. In it, I illuminate the problem of the multiple conflicting models of the soul defining the human in Renaissance literature and science.

My second project is a book-length digital history of Renaissance globalism, race, and geography entitled “Mapping a Global Renaissance with 53,829 Texts.” It weaves together multiple digital methods including network analysis, topic modeling, and mapping to tell a new story of how Renaissance England began to imagine its place in a global frame of trade and diplomacy in 50,000+ texts of the era.

The newest prototype of our “Linked Reading”framework underlying the Global Renaissance project can be found at: The first version of the Global Renaissance project’s visualizations can be found at:

My work has been published in Digital Humanities Quarterly (2017), Studies in Philology (2016), New Literary History (2013), and by the Korea Foundation (2012). My work on the molecular mechanism of cleft lip and palate has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2001). My research has been supported by the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry grant, Grinnell College’s Innovation Fund, Grinnell College’s Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Intel Corporation.